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Ankle Ligament Repair

A torn or otherwise damaged ankle ligament can cause ankle instability, ankle sprain, and other serious problems with ankle function. The doctors of podiatric medicine at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Ohio in Mentor, Chardon, Westlake, Lakewood and Garfield Heights, Ohio, offer expert ankle ligament repair, including physical therapy to help you safely return to your work or sport as soon as possible. Schedule your appointment through the online appointment maker or by phone now.

Ankle Ligament Repair Q & A

What is ankle ligament repair?

Ankle ligament repair, also called lateral ankle ligament repair, is a surgical procedure that restores your ankle’s stability after a ligament injury. Your podiatrist will recommend ankle ligament repair if you haven’t gotten good results from nonsurgical ankle instability treatments and want a permanent solution.

Whether your ankle issue started as a severe ankle sprain or it’s already serious enough to make you limp badly, ankle ligament repair can give you the ankle stability you’re looking for.

What kind of surgical technique will the podiatrist use?

Your podiatrist typically uses the Broström ligament repair technique. In this procedure, your podiatrist creates an incision in a “C” or “J” shape on the outer part of your ankle. Then, your podiatrist tightens ligaments and performs other repairs as needed.

If your ligament is severely damaged, your podiatrist can implant a tendon in its place. The new tendon can come from your hamstring or another part of your ankle, while still leaving plenty of functional tendon. Any new tendon in your ankle is anchored with stitches or tiny screws in the nearby ankle bone.

How will recovery work after ankle instability repair?

Your recovery will be unique to your particular situation. Most ankle instability repair patients wear a cast or a leg and ankle split for at least two weeks after surgery. Even after your cast or splint comes off, you’ll have to use crutches and completely avoid weight-bearing activities for up to six weeks after surgery.

Once you’re ready to start bearing weight, you’ll wear a walking boot and continue to use crutches or a walking cane. You’ll increase the amount of weight you can bear gradually until you can eventually bear full weight on your foot.

Physical therapy is an important part of your recovery, as it helps you gain strength in your ankle. Be sure to follow instructions from your podiatrist and physical therapist very closely to achieve the best recovery. Return to sports only after your podiatrist gives you the OK.

Total recovery could take 6-12 months. However, much of that time you’ll be walking and doing most of your normal activities.

Use online booking now to make your appointment with a trusted podiatry care team, or call the office anytime for help.

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